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Complement Ther Med. 2001 Dec;9(4):208-15.

A pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of Bowen technique in the management of clients with frozen shoulder.

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Clinical Nursing Practice Research Unit, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. bcarter@uclan.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate clients' experience of Bowen Technique in the treatment of frozen shoulder in terms of their pain, functional ability and well-being.

DESIGN:

A case series that used primarily quantitative methods and qualitative interviews.

PARTICIPANTS:

Twenty participants with frozen shoulder.

INTERVENTION:

Bowen Technique, using 'frozen shoulder procedure'.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Range of active and passive motion (abduction, flexion, extension, medial rotation, lateral rotation and 'wall climb') in both shoulders, pain intensity scores, impact on well-being and health status.

MAIN RESULTS:

Improvement in shoulder mobility and associated function for all participants. Median 'worst pain' pre-therapy score reduced from 7 (mean 7, range 1-10) to a median 'worst pain' score of 1 (mean 1.45, range 0-5) post-therapy. Fewer pain quality descriptors used by all participants. All participants experienced improvement in their daily activities.

CONCLUSIONS:

Bowen Technique demonstrated an improvement for participants, even those with a very longstanding history of frozen shoulder. Further trials are warranted.

PMID:
12184347
DOI:
10.1054/ctim.2001.0481
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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